Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.
Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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It depends on the type of offence. For more serious offences the endorsement starts on the date of conviction, and for others on the date of the offence. (N.B. The codes shown in brackets below are the codes that show on your licence).
4 years from the date of conviction for dangerous driving (DD40, DD60 and DD80) or offences resulting in disqualification.
4 years from the date of offence in all other cases.
11 years from the date of conviction for:
- Drinking/drugs & driving (DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR61 and DR80)
- Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs (CD40, CD50 and CD60)
- Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (CD70)
Totting Up (TT99): if you get 12 or more points within a period of 3 years, you'll be disqualified under the totting up system but at the end of disqualification the points accrued in those three years will normally no longer count against you.
Expired endorsements will usually be removed automatically from your driving record when they are no longer valid.
From 8 June 2015, existing paper counterparts to driving licences will no longer have any legal status - drivers do not need to do anything; they just keep their current photocard driving licence. Note that the DVLA are not abolishing paper driving licences issued before they introduced the photocard in 1998, and any driver who holds this type of licence should keep it and not destroy it. However, from 8 June 2015, whilst the licence (whether photocard or paper) will remain the official document that shows what vehicles a person can drive, the driver record held by DVLA will be the only legal record of the penalty points a driver has. Therefore, from 8 June 2015, paper driving licences will no longer be marked with endorsements - drivers can use the link below to find out how many points they have on their licence or when they'll be removed:
If endorsements are incorrectly shown on your driving licence you'll need to contact the court that convicted you.